Canberra Youth Theatre (Aus) and Long Cloud Youth Theatre (NZ) present
Dead Men’s Wars is a vital, new theatre work that explores the place of young people within the ANZAC legacy in both Australia and New Zealand, and the evolution of our relationship over the past century. It is a fast-moving, contemporary perspective of the ANZAC traditions, for this generation – controversially challenging ANZAC mythology and interrogating gender inequities, through a multi-dimensional manipulation of time, space and memory. This brand new work will provoke audiences to redefine the relevance of the ANZAC spirit for the next century, as we re-connect the NZ voice to Australia’s ANZAC narrative.
Dead Men’s Wars conveys the voice of young, emerging Canberra and Wellington artists. Directed by Brett Adam, the piece has been developed over 2014/2015 with artists from both companies and 2014 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award winner Ralph McCubbin Howell. We are extremely proud of this new work and its importance to the Anzac Centenary celebrations in both Australia and New Zealand.Dead Men’s Wars premiered in Canberra before travelling to Wellington for a second season at BATS Theatre running from 21 – 24 October with a New Zealand ensemble cast.
Dead Men’s Wars was commissioned by Canberra Youth Theatre with the support of Australia Council, artsACT, ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, The Street Theatre and Rock Development, along with Long Cloud Youth Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand with the support of BATS Theatre through STAB 2015 and WW100 funded by Creative New Zealand.
Director Brett Adam (LCYT Artistic Director)
Assistant Director Lily della Porta
Dramaturg Karla Conway
Producer / AV Operator Johnboy Davidson
Costume and Set Designer Christiane Nowak
Lighting Designer Niklas Pajanti
Sound Designer Coleman Grehan
Stage Manager Alexandra Pilicic
Lighting Operator Michael Foley
Director of Creative Developments Stella Reid
Show Pony Producer (NZ) Adrianne Roberts
Lori Bella Guarerra
Charlie Nathalie Morris
Kip Richard Cotta
Owen Liam Kelly
Helen Lydia Buckley
Darren Andrew Eddey
Ensemble Errenn Ball, Theo Boggs, Layla Rai Cambourne, Brenton Cleaves, Patrick Galen-Mules, Charlotte Palmer, Zoe Swan, Harrison Terrill, Peta Treble, Mia Tuco, Anneka van der Velde